The people who wrote the stuff on the whiteboards could easily have been friends of the victims, and who didn't realize they were going overboard.
The military isn't composed of choirboys or chivalrous knights.
I'm astounded that *anyone* from our military forces (as simba9 says he is/was)
would make excuses for racists,
This takes planning and forethought
I'm not sure when you served but that language and any language against anyone based on race is NOT ok either. Maybe it was "acceptable" before, but it is not now. (However, I am not sure if this is enforced as it should be.)
It depends on the context. Friends of different races ragging on each other about race or ethnicity is fine, so long as they realize nothing being said is serious [...]
The problem with an insult on a whiteboard is that you can't tell if it was a genuine threat or a joke.
That's very typical of the kinds of things you'd hear people say to each other in the military, and it went on all the time. People who think otherwise simply don't understand how guys in their late teens and early twenties, and who in the military, talk to each other.
People who are absolutely convinced that this was a threat are jumping the gun.
I was in the Air Force in the late 70s-early 80s, but I'm not buying into the idea that what was acceptable to say then isn't acceptable now. It's just that people have become absurdly hypersensitive about it.
In the absence of information indicating that this was a joke how else should this be treated?
Somebody needs to educate Lt. Gen. Silveria on how typical and acceptable this is in the military, because apparently he simply doesn’t understand either.
You said you had served in the late 70s. What makes you think what was ok then is ok now? Has the country not changed since then?